Pune: A delegation of Dalit organisations participated in a review meeting on Wednesday with State Minister of Social Justice Dilip Kamble and Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, regarding rehabilitation and compensation for victims of the Koregaon-Bhima violence that took place on January 1 and 2 this year.
The delegation comprising Rahul Dambale, Suvarna Dambale, Mangal Kamble, Suresh Sakat, Jaydeep Sakat and Anjana Gaikwad met the ministers at Mantralaya in Mumbai. The ministers assured the delegation that the government is trying to process the compensation and rehabilitation claims at the soonest.
The delegation made several demands, based on which the government issued notifications that included compensation at 100 per cent of the victim’s losses against the policy of 10 per cent compensation. The process for this will be completed within 15 days of the meeting. The government said strict action will be taken against those who indulged in violence on Dalits during the attacks.
In other notifications, the government assured the delegation that it will make an appeal to extend the Koregaon-Bhima Enquiry Commission for one month more to give sufficient time for the gathering of evidence and statements.
Based on a review of complaints, the government asked to Home Ministry to start procedures to withdraw complaints filed on the background of the attacks.
The delegation stated it is satisfied with the assurance of the government and is waiting for the fulfilment of the same.